Poem for Medics

I found this poem posted on a friend’s blog. He could not give me the name of the author, who I wish I could thank. It was titled For My Paramedic Friends Who Have Passed On. As we approach our Thanksgiving Holiday, let’s please all take a minute to remember our brothers and sisters who have passed away.

The medic stood and faced God.
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his uniform was clean,
He’d gotten dressed kind of fast.

"Step forward now, paramedic.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The medic squared his shoulders and said,
"No Lord I guess I ain’t,
cause those of us who wade in blood,
can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was tough.
And at times I’ve been violent,
cause the streets are awful rough.

But I never took a penny
that wasn’t mine to keep…
although I worked a lot of overtime,
when the bills got far too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place
among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
except to calm their fears.

If you have a place for me, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t I understand."

There was silence all around the throne,
where saints had often trod.
As there medic waited quietly
for the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, paramedic.
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on heavens streets.
You’ve done your time in hell."

About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for EMS1.com, on AmbulanceWorld.com and Multibriefs.com. I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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5 Responses to Poem for Medics

  1. Betty says:


  2. Carolyn says:

    I lost my friend Al. He was brave & a hero. Beautiful poem will always remind me of him..

  3. EILEEN says:

    this was created by a American Lady her page is ” BACK OF THE MEDIC”

  4. Rachelle says:

    I just lost my husband and best friend, when another Paramedic found this poem and posted it for my love, I knew it had to be read at his service last Saturday. The medic I choose to read this has been a great friend to my love for a very long time and almost did not make it thru but every word of this poem is so true! Thank you for writing such a wonderful poem, it is almost like you knew what he was thinking..

  5. Simi Hickey says:

    How beautiful

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